Each semester, students and faculty collaborate with community partners on projects that address local challenges. These partnerships involve local neighborhoods, school systems, non-profit agencies, businesses, associations, and initiatives. The following videos provide an in-depth look at how Ball State University students are working with the community to impact local challenges and how they benefit from these immersive learning experiences. The projects below took place during the 2020 - 2021 academic year.

Muncie Food Hub Mobile Farmer's Market

Student handling vegetablesThe Muncie Food Hub is a nonprofit that works to connect produce from farmers to Muncie Residents in food deserts. One component is the Mobile Farmers Market (MFM) which was developed as a step toward helping Muncie residents connect to fresh and healthy local food products. The MFM purchases produce from area farmers and sells it for affordable prices in low food access areas of town. It’s has been successful but is looking to increase its impact. It is doing this by working closer with the neighborhood associations and proving educational opportunities to the community. Blog Post | Video


That One Film Festival

Computer Screen with film festival brandingThat One Film Festival is a biennial festival of experimental moving picture art put on by an immersive learning class in the School of Art and the Muncie Arts and Culture Council. Started in 2018, this second iteration was originally scheduled to happen in the spring of 2020 but due to COVID-19, was moved online and took place on September 11 & 12, 2020. The group introduced a chat as videos streamed, letting audience members speak directly with filmmakers and each other from the comfort of their home and by going virtual this year, the event was able to reach a much larger audience.  Blog Post | Video


Philosophy Outreach Project

Student writes on chalkboardThe Philosophy Outreach Project is a Ball State immersive project that gets Indiana high school students thinking about philosophy through student groups, online resources, and an annual conference. While working with schools across the state of Indiana, the Philosophy Outreach has an ongoing partnership with Muncie High School with weekly club meetings focusing on such topics as medical ethics, epistemology, feminism, and more. Due to COVID-19, they have had to adapt to working virtually.   Blog Post | Video


Industry Neighborhood Action Plan

Student shows off map to residentsUrban Planning students are working with the Industry Neighborhood and the Urban Light Community Development Corporation to create an action plan for the Neighborhood Association. The students walked the neighborhood to gather data of the area and worked with the residents to get their options through a series of meetings. They gathered data in the neighborhood, which included looking at the conditions of streets, sidewalks, street lights, and other infrastructure-related items. They are also identified problems and opportunities through discussions with the neighborhood residents. Blog Post | Video

Midwestern Stories

Student holds up and looks at paperThe Midwestern Stories project is a two part immersive learning project. This first semester, students are looking at representation of the midwestern past in literature and creating podcasts looking at living in the midwest. Next semester, students will look at the current representation of the present Midwest and create an exhibit for Minnetrista – an experience that preserves the history and tells a compelling story about the Midwest. Blog Post | Video


Dual Language Immersive Project

Computer Screen with children's book on it. In this immersive project, students in two different Spanish classes worked with the Dual Language Immersive Program at West View Elementary, creating a mentoring relationship with students there to work on their Spanish and creating a promotional pamphlet to promote the program. Blog Post |  Video


Interior Design at Children's TherAplay Foundation 

A student works on a computerIn the fall of 2020, Interior design students continued working on a multi-year collaboration with the Children's TherAplay Foundation in Carmel, Indiana to design sensory furniture for the patients there and observe its use in therapy. Children's TherAplay is a nonprofit hippotherapy clinic. The Ball State students involved in this project are helping redesign the TherAplay facility and creating engaging toys and sensory furniture. Students get to visit the nonprofit to make observations and adjust their designs accordingly. Blog Post | Video


Glass Design: Technology and Industry

A student blows glassArchitecture and glass students combined on this project to learn from each other about the industrial glass process and create designs for a donor wall at Minnetrista in Muncie. These designs incorporated Ball Company history and inspirations drawn from the city of Muncie. They were also able to learn from various industry professionals through video calls.  Video